World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Concept July 30, 2019
Background: The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution in 2013, in the context of the need for raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was designated on 30 July and is observed every year beginning in 2014 reiterating strong condemnation of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, which constitutes an offence and a serious threat to human dignity and physical integrity, human rights and development.
The Embassy of the United States in Moldova has long worked closely with the Government of Moldova and civil society to combat TIP; improve protection of victims and witnesses; strengthen law enforcement response and the national coordination of anti-trafficking policies; and implement more effective strategies to confront modern slavery. Due to the hidden nature of trafficking and stigma attached to victims, the real number of those trafficked from Moldova is unknown. An essential element to counter trafficking is raising awareness. In 2019, Moldova's status was maintained to Tier 2 in this year's Trafficking in Persons Department of State Report. The Report comes with 8 recommendations to further the Government of Moldova’s anti-trafficking efforts over the next year.
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Embassy in Moldova, IOM Mission in Moldova, OSCE Mission in Moldova, Government of Moldova and International Center La Strada will mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons by launching of the “Invisible in plain sight” public art installation, a two-week outreach campaign with displaying 10 figurines with real stories of victims of human trafficking written on them, at America House of the U.S. Embassy. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of this phenomenon and tell the real stories of its victims who live amongst us, but often remain unseen. Why is it important to be aware of it? The Republic of Moldova is known as a country that is affected by trafficking in human beings, although more in the past than today, thanks to considerable improvements since the 90s when the phenomenon was widespread. The efforts made by both the Government and the Counter-Trafficking Programs implemented by the international community have helped reduce the number of victims. The instruments developed by the Government work. However, identification of potential victims is still a challenge. The victims are among us. They are invisible and helpless, either for fear of stigmatization or because they are not aware of the services that are available to them. That is why it is crucial that each and every person and, therefore, the entire society, know how they can help a victim and prevent a woman or a child or anyone else from becoming a victim of trafficking in human beings.
The Department of Permanent Secretariats of the State Chancellery, with support of civil society organizations such as International Center La Strada, and Interaction from the Transnistria region, and America House will held an informative session about trafficking in persons and will promote existing resources in combating the phenomenon.
Another America House event will feature in premier the screening and discussion of Carga, a Portuguese anti-TIP movie provided through IOM-Moldova support. (Carga trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GMDA_xAlTk). The film tells the story of Viktoriya, a young Russian woman, who leaves everything behind, searching for a better life, but becomes a victim of Human Trafficking, therefore warning the audience that they too could become such victim.
Participants to be invited at the launch event:
The Permanent Secretariat of NCCTIP as the main TIP policy and monitoring body in Moldova will invite the members of the NCCTIP inter-ministerial council representatives of the following agencies: Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Internal Affairs; Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Education, Culture and Research; The General Prosecutor's Office; Information and Security Service; The Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia; The Center for Combating Trafficking in Persons; General Border Police Inspectorate; Bureau for Migration and Asylum; The Public Services Agency; The State Labor Inspectorate; The Diaspora Office of the State Chancellery; Secretary of the National Committee for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings; Secretary of the Supreme Security Council.